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Very Difficult Maths

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

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With a busy office full of people I often plug myself into some music and headphones in order not to distract or be distracted by those around me. However today I hadn’t got to that point when I heard Lucy ask our current university placement Laura to help her with a problem… Continue reading “Very Difficult Maths” »

The joy of index

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

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“First time I read the dictionary, I thought it was a poem about everything.” Steven Wright.

I love lists. I don’t love them in the classic interview answer way: “I’m a very organized person, I love making lists”; I love them in the cliched contemporary theatre director way: “I love reading lists”.

Lists are a simple way of breaking away from the tyranny of ‘the story’ because they don’t share the rules of a story. They have beginnings, middles and ends only in so far as there is always the first entry, the last entry and some in the middle. Continue reading “The joy of index” »

Neuroscience Conference

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

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Where better to fry your brain than the British Neuroscience Association Festival of Neuroscience?

The various stall holders here insist that none of their equipment will fry your (or a mouse’s) brain, merely measure or stimulate it’s activity. This is more than some of the speakers can guarantee, but then that’s not their fault, I’ve the right to be here but no right to understand anything that’s being said. Continue reading “Neuroscience Conference” »

Love Thy Neighbour

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

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Presumably the licence plates led to the hire firm and the hire firm pointed to the address and so, within hours, armed police were swarming into a flat and by the morning national news journalists and their dish topped TV trucks had formed a secondary cordon around uniformed officers. The 128 bus edged its way past. A tendril of national news has reached out to us. Its spotlights are set up on our pavements. Continue reading “Love Thy Neighbour” »

Universities

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

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Our agent at Birmingham University tipped me off about a free public lecture by Dr. Elaine Fulton for the Cadbury Research Library. Knowing my fondness for and familiarity with The Anatomy of Melancholy the agent thought I may be interested in The Nuremberg Chronicle; indeed I was. I went and I learned some stuff, another piece in the vast jigsaw of everything that will never be completed. Anyway that’s not the point, the point is – what an amazing treat it was to be able to go and listen to a clever person at a university talk about something interesting but obscure for 45 minutes and this reminded me how much I love universities, which is a lot. Continue reading “Universities” »

Coventry City of Culture 2021?

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

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So the race is officially on for cities wishing to become UK City of Culture in 2021 succeeding Hull this year and Derry-Londonderry back in 2013.

We are familiar with this concept. The title throws spotlight on culture in a particular city for a particular year. Glasgow famously used its status as European City of Culture in 1990 as a catalyst to rebrand and regenerate itself and Liverpool repeated the trick when the title had escalated to European Capital of Culture in 2008. Winning the title UK equivalent doesn’t come with a cash prize but it is claimed Hull has raised a budget of £32m. Handled correctly the title generates a publicity bonanza for the winner, community pride, international tourism and increased chances of the city winning bids to host other cultural events across that year. Continue reading “Coventry City of Culture 2021?” »

2016 Review

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

This is the official day on which to ‘review the year’, so here goes, a very quick whirl through a little of what’s been and come and gone Stanwise in 2016. Apologies to everyone and everything that is missed out – we mean no offense. Continue reading “2016 Review” »

Christmas Concerts

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

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School Christmas Concerts are my new favourite thing, last week I attended two and loved them both. It is wonderful to see the results of hard work, the anxiety, concentration and relief. Bum notes, squeaks and scrapes are not imperfections, just part of the texture and character. Continue reading “Christmas Concerts” »

Stan’s Cafe is dead, long live Stan’s Cafe

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

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photo: Graeme Braidwood

To be honest I was sceptical about the anniversary idea, was ‘not dying’ a sufficient excuse for a party? Isn’t celebrating an anniversary tantamount to become smug and self-satisfied? Fortunately the counter arguments started to mount up: people like parties, we like parties and parties are a good excuse to see people again. The tipping point was reached when it was agreed we would make new show for the party. Who can ever resist making a new show? Continue reading “Stan’s Cafe is dead, long live Stan’s Cafe” »

Speaking and Listening

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

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This evening I gave a talk at one of Birmingham Conservatoire‘s Composer Seminars. It seems the concrete eating monsters who consumed the Central Library were finally sated by Adrian Bolt Hall and have retreated to digest. The Conservatoire remains and the talk took place in ‘the old canteen’ overlooking a large flood lit hole in the ground into a portion of which the world’s largest corkscrew appeared to be drilling a hole. Continue reading “Speaking and Listening” »


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